Notorious Gangster Captured
The recent violent spurts of gang activity within the Lower Mainland have caused much political unrest. As the gang wars continue to erupt destructively, members of the general public are feeling alarmed.
Although, the recent increase in gang related violence doesn’t seem to be receding, law enforcement officials have taken some key steps on the path to keeping our streets safe once again.
On March 3rd, 2009, Law enforcement agents made enormous progress in accomplishing this colossal task by arresting Barzan Tilli-Choli, an alleged leader of the infamous United Nations gang. Police also made numerous arrests on Tilli-Choli’s associates (The Province, 2009).
These arrests were made in connection with the T-Barz lounge shooting that occurred on 104 Avenue and 137 Street in Whalley on February 16 (Globe & Mail, 2009).
Barzan Tilli-Choli and his associates allegedly pulled up in an SUV beside a Range Rover near the club. Two males and two females were in the Range Rover when shots were fired from the SUV Barzan Tilli-Choli was in (The Province, 2009).
The victims of the incident were taken to hospital. They were also known to police as they had ties with the illicit drug trade in the Lower Mainland (Globe & Mail, 2009).
As police learned about the identities of the victims, they learned that one of the individuals was a member of the infamous Bacon Brothers. The Bacon Brothers have long withstanding criminal ties. Police believe that the Bacon Brothers and the UN gang are key members of the violent encounters that have been occurring all throughout Surrey and the rest of the Lower Mainland (The Province, 2009).
Barzan Tilli-Choli and his associates, Aram Ali and Nicola Cottrell are all facing two charges of attempted murder. The three gangsters are currently in custody until tomorrow, in which they are scheduled for a bail hearing (The Province, 2009).
The arrest of these individuals proves to be a major milestone in once again securing our streets. It is now up to our courts and criminal system to serve and uphold justice.
Globe & Mail. (2009, March 5). globeandmail.com: Vancouver losing fight with gangs, mayor says. Retrieved March 9, 2009, from http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20090305.BCGANGSB05/TPStory/National
The Province. (2009, March 3). Metro Vancouver cops make breakthrough in gangland war. Retrieved March 9, 2009, from http://www.theprovince.com/news/Three+charged+gang+related+strip+club+shooting/1348535/story.html
Redekop, Arlen. (2009). Barzan [Photograph]. The Province., British Columbia, Canada. Retrieved March 9, 2009, from http://www.theprovince.com/news/Three+charged+gang+related+strip+club+shooting/1348535/story.html